A glossary of ethnic jewellery terms


A post world war 2 bead making centre in Czechoslovakia. A wonderful article can be found below.     http://www.wildthingsbeads.com/article-gng.htmlContinue Reading


Garnets are any of a group of semi-precious silicate stones that range in color from red to green (garnets occur in all colors but blue). Some garnets used as gemstones include pyrope (the deep red garnet), almandine, spessartine, grossular, the iron-aluminum dark red garnet (also known as the carbuncle stone), Uvarovite (rare), and the lustrous…Continue Reading


A gemstone (also called a precious stone) is a mineral that is valuable, rare and often beautiful. A few organic materials, like amber, coral and pearls are also considered gemstones.Continue Reading

German Silver

German silver (also know as nickel silver) is an alloy consisting of mostly copper (roughly 60 percent), and approximately 20 percent nickel, about 20 percent zinc, and sometimes about 5 percent tin (then the alloy is called alpaca). There is no silver at all in German silver. This alloy was invented around 1860 in Germany…Continue Reading

Gimmel ring

A gimmel ring is a double ring that was designed during the Renaissance. It consists of two or more interlocking rings. A gimmel ring symbolizes the union of two people.Continue Reading


Glass is often used in jewellery, as beads (faceted or spherical), rhinestones and as poured glass.Continue Reading

Glass Paste

Glass paste (also known as pate de verre) is glass that is ground into a paste, put into a mold, and then melted. The final piece is an opaque, dense glass with a frosted surface.  Continue Reading


Gold is a precious metal that is very soft when pure (24 Kt.). Gold is the most malleable (hammerable) and ductile (able to be made into wire) metal. Gold is alloyed (mixed with other metals, usually silver and copper) to make it less expensive and harder. The purity of gold jewelry is measured in karats.…Continue Reading

Gold Filled

Gold filled (abbreviated G.F. or written as “doublé d’or”) jewelry is made of a thin outer layer of gold atop a base metal. For example, jewelry marked 1/20 G.F. 12 Kt. is at least 1/20th gold and is layered with 12 karat gold. To be classified as gold-filled, a piece must be at least 1/20…Continue Reading

Gold washed

Gold wash is one of a family of frequently encountered terms in the world of antique and vintage silver. Other terms used interchangeably with gold wash include:   Silver gilt Gilt Gilded Vermeil All of these labels refer to the same technique of covering a silver object with a very thin layer of gold. This…Continue Reading


A graduated necklace of beads or pearls has beads that go from a small size in the back of the neck and gradually increase in size to a maximum in the front of the necklace.Continue Reading


Guedra is the form of Berber Dance in Tuareg. Guedra is what they call the ritualistic dance only when the woman is doing the dance on her knees. If she stands up at all during the performance, it’s called T’bal. The reason for the different names, even though dances are done very similar is unknown.…Continue Reading